MESSAGE FROM THE FOUNDER
SAWI in Arabic - ساوي - stands for "to equate", and our core aim at SAWI is to transform workplaces to provide equal opportunities in recruitment, retention, and promotion across the Middle East and North Africa.
We are an interdisciplinary, multi-country, multi-sector, multi-lingual and multi-generational collaborative network of organizations and individuals committed to accelerating progress towards more inclusive workplaces and workforces.
From a small team housed within a business school, our pilot project has transformed into a transnational movement with the same focus. The growth of SAWI and the impact of our work is predicated on partnership, co-creation, and co-leadership. Working closely with local partners we continue to engage employers, HR practitioners, researchers, students, activists, universities, government entities, civil society organizations, and employee groups to forge pathways toward more dignified and inclusive workplaces and sustainable economies across the region.
Through generous support from the U.S. State Department’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), we are currently focused on the following areas:
Closing the regional data deficit women’s recruitment, retention and promotion
Strengthening Gender Lens Investing initiatives in the region
Developing more crises informed policies for recruitment, retention and promotion
Strengthening Equal Opportunities Policies and legislation across the MENA
As we move forward, central to our work are regional employers. Decision makers in public, private and not-for-profit organizations have a key role to play. Here at SAWI, we call on employers and other interested stakeholders to join the movement. Our commitment is to continue to work together to co-design and collaboratively implement changes in human resource (HR) policies and practices so as to accelerate progress toward more inclusion.
CHARLOTTE KARAM, Ph.D.
Ian Telfer Professorship in Inclusive Human Resource Systems
Director and Primary Investigator of the SAWI Project
Professor, Telfer School of Management, University of Ottawa
Adjunct Professor, American University of Beirut (AUB)
WHAT WE DO
Participatory and action-driven research for social impact
Knowledge transfer and skill-building
Multi-stakeholder co-creation for women dignified economic inclusion
Multi-country; Multi-sector; Interdisciplinary; Intesectional
Mobilization for dignified economic inclusion
If you see yourself and your organization as a catalyst for change,
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